SIRO Lights Up EnnisApril 7, 2017

Ennis Set To Be Powered By SIRO’s 100% Fibre Optic Gigabit Broadband Network

Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D., today (Friday, 7th April) announced Ennis as Ireland’s latest Gigabit Town powered by SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic gigabit broadband network. Residents and businesses in Ennis will now be able to avail of SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity (1,000Mbps) which is three times faster than the best service available in Dublin and ten times more powerful than the fastest average internet speed in Ireland.

SIRO’s Fibre-to-the-Building technology is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally and is 100% fibre-optic, with no copper at any point to slow it down. This means that the internet experience of Ennis will be transformed, catapulting the town into the international leagues for broadband connectivity creating a platform for future economic development in the region.

Speaking at the announcement in Ennis, Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D. said:

“I am delighted to unveil Ennis as Ireland’s latest Gigabit town. This announcement is good news for Ennis and means that businesses in the town are on a level playing field with those in our main cities – with broadband speeds on a par with those found in Tokyo and Hong Kong. As we have already seen, the Mid West has the fastest growing employment rate in Ireland, and I am confident that faster broadband for Clare’s county town will help to propel this momentum further. The Gigabit connectivity delivered to Ennis by SIRO will help build upon this success by attracting more investment to Ennis, as well as giving our entrepreneurs the opportunity to establish their businesses and encourage others into the world of entrepreneurship.”

Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Ann Norton said the purpose of the event was to provide information to members of the local community and business operators on the technology involved and the benefits of fibre to Ennis. Ms. Norton noted that 2017 marks 20 years on from Ennis being named Ireland’s Information Age Town which “ultimately established the Clare County Capital as one of the best connected urban locations in the country.”
“A lot can change in two decades,”

Ms Norton said. “Technology and the means by which we communicate with each other are constantly evolving and we welcome this investment in our town’s telecommunications infrastructure which will help our community grow and prosper.”

President of Ennis Chamber, William Cahir said:

“The availability of the type of connectivity now being delivered to Ennis by SIRO is a huge advantage for local businesses to grow and compete in their chosen fields. The very fact that SIRO are constructing their own network provides the assurance and the confidence that businesses need to have in their chosen service providers. The availability of a 100% fibre-optic gigabit network within the town not only allows existing businesses to operate at the optimum level that is now required in all industries, it also greatly enhances the attractiveness of the town for future development and investment. The confidence shown in Ennis by SIRO is to be commended and supported.”

Stephen O’Connor, SIRO Director of Corporate Affairs, added:

“Gigabit connectivity will be as transformative for Ennis as the rollout of electricity in the town. Broadband is at the heart of everything in everyday life, whether it’s streaming a movie or selling a product to someone from the opposite corner of the globe. By having the same Gigabit connectivity as a city like Tokyo, it means that the people of Ennis will be able to experience the latest advancements in areas like online education and entrepreneurs will be able to bring their ideas to life as they will have access to the gold standard in broadband.”